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RTUD Ratcheting Take-Up Device


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The RTUD ratcheting take-up device is a cost-effective wood shrinkage compensation solution for continuous threaded rod systems. The RTUD is rod-diameter specific and allows for unlimited shrinkage. It is hand-installed on top of the BPRTUD (bearing plate), and after the SD9 screws have fastened the take-up device through the bearing plate and into the wood sole plate, the device provides continuous engagement with the rod, enabling the system to perform as designed at all times.

Key Features

  • Maintains rod-system tightness, allowing it to perform as designed
  • Pass-through design provides unlimited shrinkage compensation
  • Available for threaded rod of 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 7/8″ and 1" diameters
  • Very minimal force required to allow rod to pass through take-up device, so mitigating rod buckling during wood shrinkage


  • High-strength steel inserts and mild-strength outer body


  • Corrosion-resistant finish


  • The RTUD should be hand-installed until the base of the device fully bears on top of the BPRTUD
  • Once the fastener holes are aligned and the RTUD is flush, install the Strong-Drive® fasteners
  • Once the RTUD is installed, a series of internal threaded wedges enable the device to ratchet down the rod as the wood structure shrinks, but engage the rod in the reverse direction when under tensile loading

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Load Tables

RTUD Technical Data
Model No. Threaded
Rod Dia. (in.)
Dimensions (in.) Allowable Load
Seating Increment ΔR
Deflection at
Allowable Load ΔA
Bearing Plates
Length Width Height
RTUD3B 3/8 2 3/4 1 1/2 1 5,180 0.044 0.010 BPRTUD3-4B ATS/URS
RTUD4B 1/2 2 3/4 1 1/2 1 9,210 0.045 0.003 BPRTUD3-4B ATS/URS
RTUD5 5/8 3 7/8 2 1 3/8 14,495 0.056 0.007 BPRTUD5-6, 5-8 ATS/URS
RTUD6 3/4 3 7/8 2 1 3/8 20,830 0.057 0.010 BPRTUD5-6, 5-8 ATS/URS
RTUD7 7/8 4 1/2 2 1/4 2 28,185 0.059 0.012 BPRTUD7-8, 5-8 ATS/URS
RTUD8 1 4 1/2 2 1/4 2 36,815 0.066 0.031 BPRTUD7-8, 5-8 ATS/URS
  1. Allowable loads for the RTUD only. The attached components must be designed to resist design loads in accordance with the applicable code.
  2. Thread specification for threaded rod used with the RTUD must be UNC Class 2A, in accordance with ANSE/ASME B1.1, unless where ASTM A307 Grade A threaded rod is specified, then UNC Class 1A thread may be accepted per ASME B18.
  3. No further increase in allowable load is permitted.
  4. The RTUD compensates for an unlimited amount of wood shrinkage, provided there are no obstructions to the travel of the RTUD along the length of the threaded rod.
  5. The RTUD fastens to the wood plate with the BPRTUD bearing plate and (2) #9 x 2 1/2" Strong-Drive SD Connector screws.
  6. The specified minimum tensile strength, Fu, of the threaded rod must not exceed 125 ksi.

* Refer to BPRTUD page.

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